RAPID rainfall across central Victoria has brought renewed confidence in agricultural areas.
A downpour on Monday soaked farmland and brought a welcome dose of rain to the region, in what is expected to be a wetter than average spring.
Property owners in Goornong reported up to 50mm of rain between Monday and Tuesday morning.
For Julie, Kevin and Peter Howard, the 45mm that filled their rain gauge brought a major boost for their crops of canola, wheat, barley and oats.
“It was marvellous,” Julie Howard said.
“It was starting to look a little bit threatening. We needed an inch at least. For us to get it now, with the crops the way they are and the warmth, we’re very lucky."
Mrs Howard said last year’s spring rainfall in Goornong was below average, but this year’s forecast looked more promising.
“Everything’s looking very lush, it’s very spring green."
In Newbridge the rain delivered a similar wave of confidence for sheep farmer Colin Harris.
Mr Harris said the grass was on the mend after a couple of days of steady rain.
“It was very dry early,” he said.
“But it’s been very good. I would say it’s the best season for 10 or 12 years.”
He said the 6mm of rain last Friday was a sign of things to come with an additional 13mm soaking in Saturday, and another downpour on Tuesday.
“A little bit more in a week or two should finish things off pretty well,” he said.
Dingee dairy farmer Margaret Gledhill said her property had received a timely dose of rain.
She said it had been a bit overdue but a 26mm lashing on Monday was very positive.
"I hope it just continues from here," she said.
It was starting to look a little bit threatening. We needed an inch at least. For us to get it now, with the crops the way they are and the warmth, we’re very lucky.